Canada and the Venezuela crisis

Canada is deeply concerned by the rapidly deteriorating political and economic crisis in Venezuela and reaffirms its commitment to the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights.

Ministerial communications

On June 23, 2018, Canada alarmed by UN report on human rights situation in Venezuela

On May 30, 2018, Canada imposes further sanctions on Maduro regime in Venezuela

On May 29, 2018, Canada welcomes report on possible crimes against humanity in Venezuela

On May 21, 2018, Canada condemns fraudulent presidential elections in Venezuela

On May 14, 2018, Canada announces humanitarian assistance in response to crisis in Venezuela.

On May 13, 2018, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs to attend Lima Group meeting on Venezuela.

On March 28, 2018, Statement by Foreign Affairs Minister and Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour on the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry for Venezuela.

On February 24, 2018, Canada welcomes OAS resolution on crisis in Venezuela.

On February 14, 2018, Canada supports decision that President Maduro of Venezuela not welcome at Summit of the Americas.

On February 12, 2018, Foreign Affairs Minister to attend meeting of Lima Group on Venezuela.

On January 27, 2018, Canada issued a Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on Venezuelan government decision to bar the opposition coalition.

On January 21, 2018, Foreign Affairs Minister to attend Lima Group meeting on Venezuela.

On December 25, 2017, Canada issued a Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on expulsion of Canadian chargé d’affaires by Venezuelan government.

On November 3, 2017, Canada imposes sanctions on individuals linked to human rights violations and corruption.

On October 27, 2017, Address by Minister Freeland for the third ministerial meeting of the Lima Group.

On October 20, 2017, Canada to host Lima Group meeting on Venezuela.

On October 17, 2017, Canada calls into question the legitimacy of Venezuela’s electoral process.

On October 6, 2017, Canada condemns National Electoral Council’s violation of Venezuela’s elections law.

On September 22, 2017, Canada imposes sanctions on Maduro regime in Venezuela.

On September 15, 2017, Canada welcomes panel to investigate possible crimes against humanity in Venezuela.

On August 18, 2017, Canada condemns announcement made by Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly.

On August 1, 2017, Canada condemns imprisonment of Venezuelan opposition leaders.

On July 30, 2017, Canada denounces Venezuelan government’s action to create constituent assembly.

On July 26, 2017, Canada calls on Venezuela to cancel Constituent Assembly.

On July 16, 2017, Canada stands with people of Venezuela following popular consultation.

On July 5, 2017, Canada concerned by Venezuela’s latest measures undermining democracy.

On May 28, 2017, the Minister of Foreign Affairs announced that she will participate in an Organization of American States (OAS) ministerial meeting to address the concerning situation in Venezuela: Canada to call for action at Organization of American States meeting on Venezuela.

On May 4, 2017, Canada issued a Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on Venezuela and on the announcement to establish a constituent assembly to change the Venezuelan constitution.

On April 27, 2017, Canada concerned by Venezuela’s intention to withdraw from the Organization of American States.

On March 31, 2017, Canada calls on Venezuela’s government to restore democracy.

See further responses from the Government of Canada on October 21, 2016, and July 7, 2016.

Multilateral communications

Canada has been instrumental in the passing of several statements and resolutions at the Organization of American States (OAS) supporting the people of Venezuela in their efforts to achieve political and economic reforms.

July 5, 2018 - 38th session of the Human Rights Council: Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Venezuela

May 23, 2018 - G7 Leaders' Statement on Venezuela

May 21, 2018 - Statement by Chair of G20 on electoral process in Venezuela

On April 14, 2018, at the eighth Summit of the Americas, some governments of the Americas, including members of the Lima Group, issued the following statement on the situation in Venezuela: Declaration on Venezuela

July 26, 2017 - Declaration on the situation in Venezuela

April 3, 2017 - Resolution on the recent events in Venezuela

March 23, 2017 - Declaration on Venezuela

November 16, 2016 - Declaration of the Permanent Council Supporting the National Dialogue in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

October 21, 2016 - Joint Communique of Member States of the OAS on recent events in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

August 11, 2016 - Joint Statement on Recent Developments in The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

June 15, 2016 - Statement by Ministers and Heads of Delegation on the Situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

June 1, 2016 - Declaration of the Permanent Council about the Situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

At the Human Rights Council on November 1, 2016, Canada issued its Universal Periodic Review recommendations regarding Venezuela.

The Lima Group

Canada has joined with other countries in the hemisphere to address the critical situation in Venezuela and to explore ways to contribute to the restoration of democracy through peaceful and negotiated means.

Augaust 8, 2018 - Lima Group Statement on Venezuela

May 21, 2018 - Statement by Lima Group on electoral process in Venezuela

May 19, 2018 - Lima Group Press Release

May 14, 2018 - Statement of the sixth meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

April 6, 2018 - Statement by the Lima Group in response to the retaliatory actions taken by Venezuela against Panama for their imposition of increased financial scrutiny on Venezuelan officials and companies 

February 13, 2018 - Statement of the fifth meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

January 23, 2018 - Statement of the fourth meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

November 4, 2017 - Lima Group condemns decision to remove Freddy Guevara’s parliamentary immunity

October 26, 2017 - Statement of the third meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

October 17, 2017 - Statement by Lima Group regarding regional elections in Venezuela

October 5, 2017 - Statement of the Lima Group on Regional Elections in Venezuela

September 23, 2017 - Declaration of the Second Meeting of the Lima Group on the Situation in Venezuela

August 18, 2017 - Statement of the Lima Group on the take-over of the functional competencies of the Venezuelan National Assembly

August 8, 2017 - Lima Declaration on the situation in Venezuela

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